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Why Portland is Maine's culinary capital

A server took a break from shucking oysters and shaking martinis to deliver my supper: a hat-sized bowl of plump, steaming mussels. I'd just finished snowshoeing along the Presumpscot River and was perched at the seafood counter at Scales, an upscale restaurant on a fishing wharf in the Old Port section of Portland, Maine.

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Game review: 'Just Dance 2018,' familiar but fun dance routine has a few new steps

Parents need to know that "Just Dance 2018" is the latest release in Ubisoft's popular rhythm and music series. The version for newer consoles includes some deeper content, and the Switch version in particular sports a few exclusive modes and features that take advantage of the dual Joy-Con controllers. While the game encourages players to get active with full body movement, players can skirt by using only minor motions in the hands and arms. Parents should also be aware that, despite having a decent amount of content packed in, "Just Dance 2018" pushes hard for players to purchase additional downloadable content, with a specific focus on a monthly subscription service for the game.

Home & Garden

Move over, minimalism: wabi-sabi will be the No. 1 decor trend of 2018

Sleek, sparse minimal interiors might photograph well, but they can also be a pain to keep tidy in real life. After all, messiness is an inevitable part of everyday life, and our homes should be inviting and encourage play – not instill fear at the thought of a spill. If you've never quite been able to get on board with the pared-back, minimal homes that have dominated Pinterest for the last few years, Etsy's in-house trend forecaster Dayna Isom Johnson says the No. 1 trend for 2018 is made for you.

Travel

New Julia Child exhibit to premiere in Napa

Yountville's Napa Valley Museum will be celebrating the legacy of culinary luminary Julia Child this winter with a new photographic exhibit that features black and white photos taken by Paul Child during the Childs' postwar days in Paris and the French countryside.

Home & Garden

Style at Home: How to trim your tree

I love big, grand Christmas trees. But in my snug little cottage, we just don't have the room. So this year, I'm trying something different. To get the illusion of a large tree, I'm putting a 5-foot tree into a garden urn, then hoisting it up onto the desk that sits behind the sofa in our living room. We won't have much room for gifts underneath, but that's OK. The stacks of presents we buy this year will all be under Maeve's Christmas tree.

Home & Garden

Yardsmart: Save a strain by decorating with corn

If we stopped cultivating corn, it would soon become extinct. This is because corn cannot grow as a volunteer or weed. Although kernels are fertile seed, their presence on a cob is so dense they sprout and die in a mass of seedlings. The corn we know today is Zea maize, a species that was literally created by human beings. They dramatically changed its grassy progenitor, teosinte into the productive plants we know today.

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